The goal of health education is to develop health literate citizens. Health literacy is the ability to access, understand, appraise, apply and advocate for health information and services in order to maintain or enhance one's own health and the health of others. Maryland Health Education Standards emphasize the development of the skills needed for analyzing influences, goal setting, decision-making, interpersonal communication, accessing information, self-management and advocacy.
Comprehensive Health Education provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to be healthy throughout their lifetime. The intent of a comprehensive health education program is to motivate students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid or reduce health-related risk behaviors.
The Maryland Health Education State Curriculum weaves the skills from the National Standards into seven content standards:
Mental and Emotional Health; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs; Personal and Consumer Health; Family Life and Human Sexuality; Safety and Injury Prevention; Nutrition and Fitness; and Disease Prevention and Control.
Program of Studies for 1 credit High School Health Course
473 Hands-Only CPR/AED Pass/Fail Students will be instructed cardiopulmonary resuscitation that includes hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator. NOTE ON HANDS-ONLY CPR – This course, which is embedded in Health, is a graduation requirement in the State of Maryland.
474 Health This course encourages students to develop skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will enable them to make decisions that promote healthful behaviors. Topics included are: Mental and Emotional Health; Substance Abuse Prevention; Family Life and Human Sexuality; Safety and Violence Prevention; Healthy Eating; and Disease Prevention and Control. Students will develop skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will enable them to make decisions that promote healthful behaviors. Students engage in inquiry and problem-solving approaches utilizing a developmentally appropriate progression of content related to health education concepts.